Manchester United are winners this transfer window

Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United are not usually very active in the transfer window. This time they have come up trumps.

Manchester United didn't do any business on deadline day. They didn't need to.

While the likes of QPR and Fulham were busy scratching around for signings, United had got their singular piece of business all tied up nice and early.

Wilfried Zaha, England's most coveted youngster, will be theirs come July.

Arsenal, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Tottenham were all credited with interest in the talented winger, so United did well in their chase to secure his signature.

Loaning him back to Palace until the end of the season could be a stroke of genius too, as he will continue developing at his current pace, and try to close out promotion in matches which will end up resembling the same intensity of a title race.

United have also been testing the waters for future transfers, making a low offer for Victor Wanyama rejected by Celtic, which signalled their intentions to return in the summer and let the player know they are watching him.

They have also been trialing two youngsters, Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester and Jurgen Damm of Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico, as their search for the next hidden gem continues. Fans should be encouraged the club are not sitting on their laurels.

While some fans wanted under-performers like Nani sold this January, United have probably made the right move. Options to replace him are slim mid-season, and if they did sell the winger they would be weakening the squad. 

With injuries and the unpredictable nature of football, you never know when Nani may come up with the important goal or assist as the title race goes to the wire.

They have also been loaning out young players such as Michael Keane, Davide Petrucci, Scott Wootton, Bebe and Federico Macheda - surely on his last chance - in an effort to aid their development so they can bring something different to the club upon their return next season.

Important business has also been going on at their rivals.

Chelsea were linked with spending mega-money on Falcao, which would have helped propel them back into the title race. They didn't and currently look in disarray so it really looks like it's between United and City again.

City's big business was to sell Mario Balotelli. Some will validly argue getting rid of him makes them stronger, but City need competition for places and it's unclear if John Guidetti is fit or good enough to make the step up at this stage of the season.

Balotelli can be a difference maker, as his assist to Aguero showed on the last day of last season, and it would only have been a plus had City brought in a top star to replace him like David Villa.

City also failed to improve their defence, which is struggling with injuries, so United can certainly be happy that their main rivals possess no big threat to try and wrestle the lead of the title back from United once again.

United fans are you happy with the way the transfer window panned out?

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